Headmaster’s Blog – Friday 17 October

Where has the time gone? There is much to say about the last couple of weeks of this action packed half term.


Our partnership with Truro Cathedral to create a new chorister programme for girls took a big step this week when 20 girls took part in a Be a Chorister for a Day experience. They came from far and wide around the county and, if the quality of their contribution to evensong is anything to go by, we have much to look forward to in the years ahead.


The Cathedral Director of Music produced a compelling briefing note for journalists explaining the benefits of the girl choristers being educated at the same school, given the gruelling and unstinting commitment required to produce a world-class choir. The wonderful boy choristers, educated at Polwhele for the last 30 years, are a testament to this.  I have to admit to being mildly annoyed by some of the journalism banging the ‘elitist’ drum, in direct contradiction of the facts.


The season of Business Lunches is now underway.  These are opportunities for 5th Year and Lower Sixth students to meet industry experts over lunch to hear their stories.  This week the theme was Media and we welcomed back two former pupils, Victoria and Tamsin, who now work for the BBC, as well the Director of the School of Writing and Journalism from Falmouth University. It’s such a powerful way for our students to make connections and build ‘sightlines’ from school life to the world of work.


While the 5th Years and Lower Sixth were having their bespoke lunch experience in our Heseltine Studio, the 4th Year students enjoyed the Wadebridge Skills Show this week gathering information on qualifications, skills and career choices.


One of the recent highlights was the Sixth form Open Evening.  Our students played such an impressive role, both in fronting up the presentations and as subject ambassadors.  When you are blessed with Sixth Form students as sparky as ours, it certainly makes sense to let them do a lot of the talking. The power of the early UCAS application is evident with a number of our Upper Sixth having already received their first university offers. Bath and Warwick seem to be quick out of the blocks.


For many, the journey towards developing the profile of a Truro School Leaver begins in the 1st Year.  It was great to be out on Bodmin Moor on Sunday with 1L as they took up the leadership and life skills challenges that were presented to them with such enthusiasm.  It was exhausting to watch!


I wish those pupils on the French and German exchanges bonne chance, and the Under 14 rugby squad a super tour of the South West.  To the rest of you, a very happy half term holiday. The tired faces around me suggest that the coming fortnight will be a well-deserved rest ahead of the final six and a half weeks of term.


Andrew Gordon-Brown